World Vision’s 'Bangon Pinoy' concert raises Php 1M for Haiyan survivors

World Vision’s 'Bangon Pinoy', a benefit concert for the survivors of Haiyan, was successfully held on December 1, 2013 at the convention center of St. Paul’s College-Pasig; it raised a million pesos which was donated to World Vision's relief operations.

About 40 Filipino artists graced the stage with their talents in singing, dancing and performing monologue, all for the benefit of our stricken fellow Filipinos.

Artists who participated included Tippy dos Santos, Christian Bautista, Quest, Karylle, Sam Conception, Jovit Baldivino, Marcelito, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, Mikey Bustos, Julie Ann San Jose, Ryan Bang, Mikee Stroem, Young JV, Krissy and Ericka, Nanette Inventor, Robert Sena, Rhap Salazar and many more.

'Bangon Pinoy' was organized by World Vision celebrity advocate Tippy dos Santos and her mom, Happy dos Santos. Tippy is one of the most involved advocates of World Vision, having joined several relief distributions from past disasters, including this latest one from super typhoon Yolanda. Tippy herself went to Tacloban last November 23, and distributed relief packs to the affected families there. Having seen the devastation first-hand, she and her mom wanted to help more by organizing this fundraising event for the survivors.

Tippy recalled how very easily she was able to convince her celebrity friends to take part in this concert for a cause. “I invited my friends and 90 percent of them said yes. Everybody wanted to help so it was really nice of them. They all willingly did this for free”, she said.

Two of the main acts of the night, WV advocate and Balladeer Christian Baustista and Hip hop and R&B singer Quest, took part in the concert because they believe that as artists, it is their responsibility to inspire and spread awareness.

“It’s my way of rallying the people to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of Visayas”, Christian said.

“Tonight is about empowering the people to stand up and do something. The Php 1M donation is something that will really help our survivors”, said Quest.

Both also expressed their desire to go to the affected areas themselves and give hope to the afflicted.

“The best way parin is sana makapunta tayo dun to personally inspire, to personally pick them up. “, Christian hoped.

“Kung pwede lang akong lumipat ngayon dun sa Tacloban to help, I will. But now, ito muna yung mabibigay ko and I’m a hundred percent game. If we could have done this event in Tacloban that would have impact those survivors. More than money and food, it’s hope that people there are lacking. Music brings hope and I hope na umabot tong ginawa natin dun”, expressed Quest.

Young pop singer Julie Anne San Jose and Korean comedian Ryan Bang encouraged people to donate stressing that it’s not about how much you give, but rather, your heart to give.

“Kahit malaki o maliit ang maibigay ang importante makatulong tayo, kaya sana kahit sino, magbigay tulong. Kahit maliit o malaki, ang importante yung puso ay willing tumulong”, Ryan appealed.

“Kung mag-donate nga tayo ng 5 pesos each, malaki pag pinag-sama sama. I urge everyone to help” Julie Anne encouraged.

World Vision National Director Josaias dela Cruz is overwhelmed and grateful for the undying support of the Filipino people toward each other. He ended the event by expressing his gratefulness to all who supported ‘Bangon Pinoy’.

“In behalf of World Vision Philippines, I would like to thank each one of you who are here tonight. We would like to thank the organizers, Mommy Happy and Tippy dos Santos; all the performers and to everyone who donated and supported this event”, he said.

He ended his speech with a message of unity, faith and hope: “You know what happens when people stand together? There is strength and there is unity. And when God’s people stand out and reach out, you bring hope, you bring life. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!

 

'Bangon Pinoy' was co-presented by PLDT, Smart, St. Paul Pasig, Keystone Lodge, Stages, sponsors Ignacio's Catering, Shimmian Manila, Ultra Mega supermarket, Visual craft, Mang Inasal, New Zealand Ice cream.